QuotationFinder Help

The help links seem to work only one single time after starting QuotationFinder. What's wrong?

The Help window is moved to the background once you return to QuotationFinder's main window. You can either bring it to the foreground manually, or you can close it before returning to the main window—if you click Help after that, the Help window is again brought to the foreground automatically.

Why do I have to enter a username and a password?

QuotationFinder stores the results of your search for you to access them in the future. You will need your username and password for that. You do not have to say who you really are—just enter any username and password you like.

What's the difference between Easy mode and Advanced mode?

Easy mode leads you step by step on the easiest way of searching for quotations, while Advanced mode asks you to choose which way to go. When in Easy mode, you can still access all advanced features by using the links that will begin to appear in the top left corner of the window once you get started with the search procedure.

What do I need a Search Text Name for?

QuotationFinder stores the results of your search for you to access them in the future. You will need your Search Text Name for that. Just choose any name that helps you remember what you were searching for, such as for example "Golden Rule".

What is a Search Text?

The Search Text is the text you start with. It is the text searched for (rather than the texts being searched in the process). QuotationFinder will find texts that are similar to your Search Text.

Should I use the "whole words" or the "parts of words" option?

The "parts of words" option is an easy way for you to find quotations and allusions containing different forms of the words in your search text. Whichever option you choose, you can still have QuotationFinder match additional forms or alternative stems by using the Modify link that appears in the top left corner of the window after you click the Use this Search Text button.

What does the information on the View Words in Search Text pages mean?

These pages list the information QuotationFinder uses when searching for quotations. "Word" lists the word as it was entered by you. "Position" indicates the word number within your search text. "Frequency" is about how many times the word occurs in the CLCLT or TLG—the default value is 100. "Forms" has all forms of the word QuotationFinder will look for—the default is just the one form you entered when you first started. "Cognates" has all forms of all cognates of the word QuotationFinder will look for—the default is just the one form you entered when you first started. For further explanations read on.

Why would I want to use the Add Words function?

One reason is that you might find out that your text has been transmitted in more than one form. Take for instance biblical quotations: Before there was a standard Latin translation, more than one word may have been used to render the original. Using the Add Words function, you can enter alternative words while giving them identical Position numbers (they would occur in the same place in your text.) For further explanations click here.

Why would I want to use the Modify Words function?

You can use the Modify Words function to improve the searches. If you use the "whole words" option, you can enter all forms, regular and irregular, of all the words and cognates you want QuotationFinder to match, giving you complete control. If you use the "parts of words" option, you can enter alternative word stems (e.g. aorist in TLG), enabling QuotationFinder to find more quotations and allusions.
Also, you can greatly improve QuotationFinder's ranking of the quotations by modifying the Frequency information. For further instructions read on.

How do I fill in the Word, Position, Frequency, Forms, and Cognates fields?

Filling out the Word, Forms, and Cognates fields is easy if you're using the "parts of words" option: Just enter the exact form of the Search Text word in the Word field, and the stems of the word and its cognates in the Forms and Cognates fields, respectively.
If you're using the "whole words" option and you want to find as many quotations or allusions as possible, you will have to enter all forms, regular and irregular, of the word and its cognates. With the CLCLT, you could do this by entering a truncated form of a word in the CLCLT search software, copying all forms the CLCLT word index returns, and pasting them a dozen at a time to the Words program to see if they are forms of your word or a cognate.
By definition, the content of the Word field must also be in the Forms and Cognates fields; the content of the Forms field must also be in the Cognates field.
In order to improve the ranking of the quotations, do a CD-ROM search for the word form in your Search Text to get the correct count on how many times it occurs in the CLCLT or TLG body of texts. Then paste the information back in QuotationFinder's Frequency field. A match of a rare word is more likely to indicate a quotation and is moved up in QuotationFinder's ranking accordingly.
If you're using the Add Words function, you will have to fill in the Position field. Simply number the words in your Search Text up to the position where the added word occurs.

Why would I want to use the Delete Words function?

If you want QuotationFinder's ranking to be accurate, you should use the Modify Words function to edit the Frequency information. However, for words that occur very frequently, this is not worth the trouble. You should delete them using this function. (We needed these words in the beginning to get correct values for the position fields of the other words.)

What kinds of files can I choose for QuotationFinder to find quotations in?

QuotationFinder works with files exported from the CLCLT and the TLG CD-ROMs (TLG: files exported by Pandora or TLG Workplace only—let me know if you would like to use QuotationFinder with files exported from some other TLG search software.)
Do a CD-ROM search (using Pandora/TLG Workplace for the TLG or the software that came with the CLCLT) for all but the most common words in your Search Text. Truncate rare words to find all forms so that QuotationFinder can find allusions as well. Save the resulting passages, including their context (Pandora: Change Export Settings to Beta. TLG Workplace: Uncheck all checkboxes in Setup > Preferences > Language Display; use File > Save Results as RTF File). Then you can get QuotationFinder to find quotes by clicking the Choose button on the Choose File page, selecting the file you just saved, and clicking the Start Search button.
If this is your first time using QuotationFinder, you may want to start by doing a CD-ROM search for one of the words of your search text that don't occur too often. This should result in a smaller file to be exported. It will not take as long for QuotationFinder to process it, and you will know sooner if everything works as expected.

Does it matter what Greek font TLG files are in?

Yes. If they are in the wrong font, QuotationFinder may not find anything. To make sure you have the correct settings, do the following:
Pandora: Click Setup, then click the Beta radio button in the Export Settings.
TLG Workplace: Go to Setup > Preferences > Language Display, then uncheck all checkboxes.

What are the "similarity" or "author and work" options about?

The default behavior of QuotationFinder is to rank the results according to how precise it considers the quotations to be (see above on how to improve the ranking). However, you may prefer to have all quotations by a particular writer grouped together. If you choose that option, you will get the results listed alphabetically by author and work.

What are the "kept" or "deleted" options about?

The default behavior of QuotationFinder is to keep the results of previous searches if you search another text file for the same Search Text. However, if you prefer to delete the previous results, you can choose for QuotationFinder to do so here.

Is there a limit to the file size QuotationFinder can handle?

Using QuotationFinder with very large files does pose some problems. For one thing, if you access QuotationFinder through a modem, it will take a very long time for QuotationFinder to receive and process your file. It may well appear to you that QuotationFinder has stopped working even if it has not.
Another problem comes from the fact that TLG Workplace refuses to export more than about 30 MB of search results with text. After reaching the limit, TLG Workplace will only save the names of the authors and the numbers of hits. QuotationFinder will display a warning if it encounters this, as it cannot search the text of these authors.
The best thing for you to do is to start with the smallest file you have exported. This way you will find out if everything works as expected before you move on to the larger files. If even the smallest file seems to stall QuotationFinder, do a CD-ROM search for the rarest word of your search text, and don't truncate it. If the resulting file is still too big, limit the CD-ROM search to a part of its text base. This is also a good way to get around the TLG Workplace limit described above—you can always save the results for the other part to a different file. (By the way, saving TLG Workplace results as RTF files takes a very long time. Please be patient.)

If I search additional files after having performed a search already, do I lose the old results?

Not if you are still working with the same Search Text (see the top of QuotationFinder's main window) and you have not chosen to delete the old results (see above.) By default, QuotationFinder will simply add any new quotations it may find, leaving the old ones untouched until 100 quotations and allusions have been found. After that, the weakest allusion gets discarded when a better one is found, keeping the total at 100.

How can I find out what files I have searched so far?

Scroll to the bottom of a Results page. You will find a link there.
Note that if you make QuotationFinder search more than one file by the same name, it adds a number at the end of the file name (or increases it if there already is one) so that now the name may not be exactly what you expected.

How can I delete old searches?

Scroll to the bottom of the Choose Search Text page. You will find a link there.